Publish Date: 07/24/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Recently, there have been some encouraging reports about the employment figures in one U.S. state. Nevada officials released a report last month claiming that the state’s employment levels had risen to a record high, surpassing those prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on sports!
According to a study released on Friday by government official Steve Sisolak, there are presently 1,452,600 people employed in the state of Nevada, 7,600 of whom were hired in June. Even more than 3,000 employees were present compared to before the last high in February 2020.
Sisolak said in a statement that they have recovered “all of the jobs that were lost during the COVID pandemic, and doing so in a way that has more Nevadans working in better-paying jobs than before the pandemic.”
Nonetheless, several businesses have yet to fully recover from the pandemic. According to the Las Vegas Review, only 90,7 percent of the pre-pandemic workforce, which includes casinos and hotels, is engaged in the hospitality and leisure industry. The survey also found that employment in other industries had risen above pre-pandemic levels.
The good news for the state of Nevada is not limited to this, though. It is anticipated that the industry would tend to pay wages that are higher than the state average once it has completely returned to the pre-pandemic level.
The hotel and entertainment industry, as noted, will not, however, follow this trend, since they still need to recover more than 33,800 jobs to even return to their pre-pandemic employment levels in February 2020.
According to Culinary Local 226, the industry is still being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and has lost roughly 10,000 union members since the outbreak.
Ted Pappageorge, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Local 226 union, implied in an interview that “we need to start getting ready right now” and pushed the industry to resume its pre-pandemic employment.
Unfortunately, the Sisolak report has its critics. Elizabeth Ray, a spokeswoman for Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, reportedly expressed skepticism about the report, claiming that it did not accurately represent the state of the economy.
“While Steve Sisolak continues to try to brag about his ‘economic record,’ most Nevada families are struggling to afford gas, rent and groceries,” Ray argues.